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style
Brewed by Harveys
Style: Imperial Stout
Lewes, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
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RATINGS: 943   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned: 275ml. Has occasionally appeared on cask.

Imperial Extra Double Stout is regarded as one of the Worlds most unusual and prestigious beers. The recipe contains a dense concentration of varied malts and hops to produce a bottle conditioned stout of 9.0% ABV.

This brew will improve and develop complexity up to one year and has an intense flavour which is distinctive. The roast, alcoholic and spicy notes combine in this unusually sweet & sour beer.

Contains: Barley

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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - APR 6, 2003
2000 bottle. No carbonation. Aroma is very sweet with a little alcohol. Another aroma is escaping my description, but I don't like it. Flavor is dark and roasty with acetic and winey notes. For an Imp Stout, this wasn't that great.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wheresthepath (2186) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2016
Bottle from the BeerHawk stand at the Good Food Show at Birmingham NEC. Black with a moderate brown head. Viscous yet ultra-smooth. Massive aromas and flavours- chocolate, red wine, leather, bitumen, blackberries and loads more. Hugely complex and satisfying, yet still strangely drinkable and more-ish. A fantastic beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
uckelman (682) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Pours black, totally opaque. No head. Very strong raisin aroma along with some sour notes. Basically smells like port. Not nearly as full bodied as I was anticipating. Somewhat mineral on the finish. Moderately sweet, but not cloying. Warming.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarauckelman (444) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Strong sour aroma, really delightful. Deep dark brown, no head. Fierce, fiery, with a strongly alcoholic undertone (but not overdone). Sour and malty and just fantastic. Perfectly bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1429) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle; pours black with a ring of mocha foam around the edge of the glass; roasted aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with hints of molasses and dark fruits; taste is slightly bitter with some roasted malt notes, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and hints of dark fruits and coffee, finish is bitter with hints of booze and slightly dry

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1506) - ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle. Flat, no head. Vinous, dry . Smells spontaneous, like a wild yeast has been used. Deep roast comes through at the finish. Its reasonable but not as exciting as Id hoped for.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombyars (1621) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Tasted this at the Glasgow Real Ale Festival on the 24th June 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a dark tan head which faded fast. Strong, vinous malty aroma with sweet sherry notes long on the nose. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and very poor lacing. Strong whack of complex dark malts deliver a smooth fruitloaf base. Expecting the traditional notes of coffee, treacle, liquorice and dark chocolate in this Imperial Stout but was completely thrown by this. Instead you have an intense, strong and sweet flavour of fruit with dates, raisins and sultanas very much in evidence. Struggling to find any evidence of hop resin in the aftertaste as malt completely dominates through to the finish. Strong imposing notes of Port come through in the mouth, giving warming booze notes laced with fermenting fruit. Thought this tasted far more like an Old Ale in style than an Imperial Stout. This was beer of the festival for me and was highly popular as it quickly ran out that night. Highly recommended.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (1152) - SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
Black beer, odd smell that I cant place. Flavour is basically if you took a rich, malty stout and threw some tangy fruit in there. A bit sour, but nice. Very nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuartyboy (1482) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
On cask @ GRAF 2016 a deep brown almost black beer with treacle and coffee aroma flavour is dark chocolate roasted malt coffee liquorice and treacle rich dark with treacle predominant flavour

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (2686) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2016
275ml bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Black colour, beige foam head leaving lacing and aroma of dark fruits, sourish, with liquorice, roast, spice. Taste is roasted malt, nutty, dark fruits & liquorice, leather, tangy with some earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2691) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle from my sister. Black pour with a dark brown head that mostly disappears. A fairly fruity and molasses malt aroma, an odd tang or sourness that I guess is supposed to be there, some pomegranate, soy, ash and leather. Mild carbonation and full body, prune, tobacco. Very unique.


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